Because Louise Erdrich, uses the brothers and convertible to show how this relationship can bring readers together. Ann Charter’s in her definition of “Allegory,” states that interaction are meant to reveal a general or abstract truth (1787). “The Red Convertible,” author Louise Erdrich’s, portrays the drowning of sorrows, hurts and frustrations, brought home by Henry after serving on the battlefield of Vietnam. Both brother have emotional and traumatic experience that has an effect on a normal relationship before Henry went into the Marines.
When Henry returns home he is different, very quiet, so quiet and never comfortable sitting still anywhere but always up and moving around. Lyman describes, Henry of being jumpy and mean. (Erdrich 403). The convertible symbolizes how brothers express the concern over how relationship can change when soldiers cannot adequately express nor talk openly about thing that happen on a war torn battlefield, without proper medical treatment for PTSD. As he does not feel like the person he was before he went to serve for his county.
When Henry goes off to war, Lyman demonstrate his sadden by taking the car apart and placing it on block symbolizes the torn apart relationship. When Henry discovers the car, as well as the relationship with his brother is damaged, he confronts Lyman, “When …show more content…
It seems to be a repaired relationship when these brothers go for a ride in the convertible, turns out to the devastating as Henry walks out in the river and drowns. What a way to end what seem to be a relationship on the mend. Erdrich, connects Henry’s death with the death of the convertible as this is the end of his relationship with Lyman. This relationship is affected by war, which as transform a person into someone or something that family and friends will not be able to recognize when a person returns for serving our